We’d never have thought that home is a place of danger but unexpected events such as a pest infestation or home fires have happened before, and it can happen to anyone. Unsure about the potential risks or safety problems at home? Let’s work it out together with the above image and learn how we can stay safer at home. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry!
1. Locked out
Being locked out of home is pretty common, but situations can range from funny and exasperating to life-threatening. Imagine a broken key in the lock preventing you from getting indoors to rescue your elderly parent who had fallen down. To avoid such situations, practise proper door lock maintenance such as annual lubrication and always handle your door with care.
F.Y.I. The average cost of locksmith in Singapore ranges from S$50 to S$100 for repairing and changing a lock, and up to S$150 for changing a doorknob. Some comprehensive home insurance, such as Tiq Home Insurance, offer emergency home assistance that cover locksmith solutions so that you do not need to fork out the extra expenses.
In 2018, there were 326 cases of housebreaking and related crimes in Singapore. This number seems small but the damages can be substantial – be it physically, financially or psychologically. Vigilance is key, so don’t take security for granted! Lock the doors when you are sleeping or outdoors, and be mindful of strangers who loiter around.
3. Water damage
Water damages can easily occur, commonly originating from washing machine overflow, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters or clogged toilets. While this is not a life-threatening issue, it can be costly and frustrating. Last year, a burst pipe in Potong Pasir caused some homes to be without water for several hours! Don’t underestimate the importance of proper maintenance, and always be prepared for the unexpected.
Comprehensive home insurance covers damages to your renovation and furniture in insured events such as leaking pipes. For Tiq Home Insurance, we take it a step further by providing Emergency Home Assistance – a 24-hour one-stop home repair service (including plumbing!) that covers up to S$200 per event and up to 4 events per year. We help you to arrange the home repair service and we pay for it!
4. Fire accidents
A total of 2,411 fire incidents occurred in residential premises (private and public) in 2018, and unattended cooking is the 2nd most common cause of residential fires. Practise mindfulness when cooking and keep your stove well-maintained.
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This may sound like a minor issue but if you need an electrician, this is covered under Tiq Home Insurance’s Emergency Home Assistance services. While we are on the subject of home electricity, note that damaged electric wiring and sockets (commonly in old homes) can cause fires too. Regular checks are recommended.
6. Pest Infestation
Pest infestation can happen, even if you keep your home clean and tidy. Think it won’t happen to you? You need to read this.
7. Broken glass
Did you know that tempered glass has a risk of spontaneous shattering, which is caused by the expansion of nickel sulphide crystals in the glass over time? Over the years, there have been reports on shattered glass at home and some of them have caused injuries. Many people are unaware that most comprehensive home insurance cover accidental breakage of mirrors and fixed glass.
8. Building structure, fixture and fittings
We are no stranger to Singapore’s unpredictable weather but in recent years, heavy downpour and strong winds have caused trees to topple, damaging cars and housing board blocks! Some residents were affected by broken windows, fallen kitchen cabinets and doors were blocked by fallen tree branches. Since we cannot predict such accidents, a home insurance will come in handy at times like this.
There’s just no place like home
Regardless for fun or work, at the end of a long day, most of us look forward to going home to relax. While you are resting in the comfort of your home this evening, do think about these safety risks and practise greater vigilance to protect your home and all that you love.
Information is accurate as at 18 November 2019. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.